The New York Times – Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says
Kenny, a high school senior in Weston, Fla., likes to puff e-cigarettes during study sessions with friends after school. James, a senior in Fauquier County, Va., uses them outside at lunch with friends who do smoke tricks. Joe, a senior in Jackson, Miss., uses them in the morning before class as a coffee-flavored way to pass the time.
E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager.

HealthDay News – E-Cigarettes May Not Help Smokers Quit Tobacco, Study Finds
While some proponents of “vaping” claim that smokers who try e-cigarettes may use them as a bridge to quitting smoking, a new study finds that the opposite may true.
The study, published April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health, found that smokers who used e-cigarettes were less likely to quit regular cigarettes than those who hadn’t tried the devices.

Trust for America’s Health – Investing in America’s Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding & Key Health Facts
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released Investing in America’s Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts. This is the 10th time the report has been released.

Los Angeles Times – L.A. spends $100 million a year on homelessness, city report finds
Los Angeles spends more than $100 million a year coping with homelessness, including as much as $87 million that goes to arrests, skid row patrols and mental health interventions, according to a report released Thursday.
City librarians, recreation and parks, sanitation and paramedics also devote significant resources to handling homeless people, without clear guidelines or a coordinated approach to guide them, City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana said in the 21-page report.

Today – The eyes have it: Why we bond with our dogs like our babies
Some dog owners treat their dogs like their babies. While this might seem ridiculous to some, a new study in Science proves the bond between dogs and their owners can be as emotionally strong as the connection between mothers and their children.
It’s the latest in a growing body of science that explains how dogs have gained such an important place in human society.